Former Rep. Barney Frank was passed over for soon-to-be Secretary of State John Kerry’s vacant seat in the Senate by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who instead chose his former chief of staff, William “Mo” Cowan.
That particular ‘mo was not who Barney had in mind, and while he didn’t want to unlock the library and begin reading Patrick for the snub, Frank had a few words about the way the interim Senator was chosen.
“There was one thing that sort of troubled me in the discussion about it — nobody was particularly quoted; they attributed something to governor’s office and others — was that the governor would want to appoint someone who’s either a minority or a woman.” Frank told the Washington Blade. “And what troubled me is the question of LGBT people was just kind of swept out. I’ve never asked for any appointment based on me being gay, but when they begin talk about the importance of diversity and leave us out, that troubles me.”
According to the Blade, Cowan’s appointment was “hailed a milestone for diversity in terms of race because he’s black,” but Frank felt that those involved in the decision making process must have missed President Obama’s inaugural address.
“It’s almost as if some people didn’t listen to the president when he said, ‘Seneca, Stonewall and Selma,’ and didn’t hear the Stonewall part,” he said.
Frank added that being the first married, openly gay person in the Senate could have given the other Senators “an important lesson” to take home.
You hear that, Tammy Baldwin? It’s the sound of wedding bells. Too bad Wisconsin doesn’t have gay marriage (hint, hint).